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February 2016 Magazine Contents

SOS (US Edition) February 2016

Reviews: Celemony Melodyne 4 (Cover), Modor NF-1, Roland Boutique JP08, JX03 & JU06, SKnote Catena, ROLI Seaboard Rise, MOTU Digital Performer, Looptrotter Satur-8 24.

Techniques: The 10 Biggest Recording Mistakes, Mix Rescue.

Features: Inside Track: Rod Stewart, Another Country, Cymande: Recording A Simple Act Of Faith.

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    Akai MIDIMix

    MIDI Controller

    Akai’s new controller keeps the design simple and the cost low.

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    App Works

    Making Music On The Move

    The Apple iPhone 6s and the Ten Kettles Waay music training app.

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    Audix OM Series

    Dynamic Vocal Microphones

    If you’re looking for a new stage mic, it’s worth looking further afield than the usual models — as these classy examples prove!

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    BAE 1073MPL & B15

    Mic Preamp & EQ Modules

    These transformer–laden modules breathe new life into classic Neve and Avedis designs...

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    Big Fish Audio Vintage Rhythm Section

    Kontakt Instrument

    BFA are now back with a further dollop of ‘vintage’ and this time it’s the rhythm section that is the target.

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    Celemony Melodyne 4

    Pitch & Sound Editing Software For Mac OS & Windows

    Musical pitch has always been putty in the hands of Melodyne. Now, revolutionary features in version 4 promise to make tempo and timbre equally fluid.

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    Celemony Melodyne 4 | Media

    Pitch & Sound Editing Software For Mac OS & Windows

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    Electro-Voice EKX Series

    Active PA Speakers

    EV have a well-earned reputation for building solid, reliable PA speakers, and their latest series doesn’t disappoint.

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    Finhol Auto Stomp Player

    Foot-controlled Rhythm Generator

    Need a drum accompaniment at the flick of a switch (and the tap of a foot)? Then look no further than this crafty device!

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    Finhol Classic Overdrive

    Guitar Effects Pedal

    Designed and built in Germany, and paying tribute to the Tube Screamer sound...

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    Fluid Audio F8S

    Active Subwoofer

    Fluid Audio’s studio monitors have consistently impressed us with their price-to-performance ratio. So how does their new subwoofer fare?

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    Fredenstein HD Mic Pre

    500-series Microphone Preamplifier

    This preamp boasts huge bandwidth and input impedance. But are those features desirable?

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    Geithain RL944K

    Active Nearfield Monitor

    Loudspeakers have been with us for a long time — but there’s still room for innovation, as these exemplary new Geithain models prove!

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    iZotope Ozone 7

    Mastering Suite For Mac OS & Windows

    Version 7 of iZotope’s mastering package adds cutting-edge codec monitoring features as well as vintage-themed processors.

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    Laney IRT Pulse

    USB Valve Guitar Preamplifier

    Laney’s versatile Ironheart amps are impressive, but can you really get the same sound from a stomp box?

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    Laney L5 Studio Head

    Guitar Amplifier & USB Audio Interface

    Designed primarily for studio home practise or even small gigs, the Laney L5 Studio Head is an extremely elegant amp.

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    Looptrotter Emperor

    Dynamics & Saturation Processor

    Looptrotter’s latest plaything combines the precision of digital control with the less predictable joys of analogue saturation.

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    Looptrotter Satur-8 24

    Summing Mixer & Saturation Processor

    Looptrotter’s products to date have appealed to me enormously. They’re all variations on the saturation theme, and it’s a gorgeous-sounding saturation too.

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    Mesanovic Model 2

    Ribbon Microphone

    An extended high-frequency response isn’t something you generally expect from a ribbon mic — but that’s just what this one offers.

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    Microphone Parts S12

    DIY Capacitor Microphone Kit

    Why buy a mic when you can build your own? Microphone Parts’ DIY alternative can save you money and help you brush up on your soldering skills.

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    Miktek MPA-201

    Dual-channel Class-A Microphone Preamplifier

    This Nashville-built preamp offers a new take on a classic British console sound.

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    Modor NF-1

    Digital Synthesizer

    The Modor NF-1 has a front panel festooned with knobs, but at the same time it’s unashamedly digital.

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    Modwheel Angklung, Humdrum & The Bends

    Kontakt Instruments

    Three more eccentric releases from Modwheel’s Creative Differences series.

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    MOTU Digital Performer 9

    Music Production Software For Mac OS & Windows

    MOTU’s sequencing software has been around longer than some SOS readers. Do the improvements in the latest version keep it bang up to date?

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    Music Electronics

    Book Review

    In my experience, many SOS readers are, at least at some level, fairly technically minded and have an interest in how the technology they use works, especially in ‘classic’ instruments and devices. This book is designed to go a long way towards satisfying that ‘inner geek’ in all of us.

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    Neat King Bee & Worker Bee

    Capacitor Microphones

    To bee or not to bee? Find out how these distinctive-looking mics performed in our tests.

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    Roland Boutique JP08, JX03 & JU06

    Synthesizers

    Roland’s Boutique range recreates three of the company’s classic synths at a fraction of the cost of the originals.

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    ROLI Seaboard Rise

    Keyboard Controller

    ROLI’s new instrument further develops the technology of their revolutionary Seaboard Grand — at a much more affordable price.

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    Sample Shop | Media

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    These files accompany the Sample Shop articles in the February 2016 issue.

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    Sennheiser IE800

    In-ear Monitors

    With Sennheiser’s pedigree in transducer design, it’s no surprise that their premium earbuds offer impressive performance.

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    SKnote Catena

    Mastering Router

    This might not be the most intuitive of devices, but the Catena offers a unique and useful blend of functions.

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    SoundToys 5

    Plug-in Effects Suite For Mac OS & Windows

    Where one SoundToys plug-in isn’t enough, you can now create custom chains, with a new emulation of a classic delay on offer too.

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    Toontrack The Progressive Foundry SDX

    Superior Drummer Expansion Library

    Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 2 offers five complete drum kits formed from 17 snares, nine kicks, 31 cymbals and five hi-hats.

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Techniques

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    Circular Panning In Studio One

    Studio One Tips & Techniques

    Studio One’s macro controls can be used to create a convincing 2D panning effect.

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    Comping Multiple Takes In Reason

    Reason Tips & Techniques

    We get to grips with Reason’s individual approach to multiple takes and overdubs.

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    Creative Mix Recall In Sonar

    Sonar Tips & Techniques

    Explore creative uses for Sonar’s Mix Recall functionality.

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    DIY Effects

    Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

    We show you how to make your own flanger and phaser in Live.

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    Hot Fuzz!

    Cubase Tips & Techniques

    Cubase’s unique Quadrafuzz v2 plug-in is useful for so much more than guitar processing...

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    Hot Fuzz! | Media

    Cubase Tips & Tecniques

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    Inside Track: Rod Stewart - Another Country

    Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Kevin Savigar

    Musically, Rod Stewart’s latest album harks back to ’70s folk-rock, but its writing and production were totally 21st Century.

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    Making Commitments

    Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools’ new Commit Tracks feature is great for saving system resources and sharing sessions.

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    Media Content - February 2016

    Audio files to accompany the relevant articles

    A directory of all media pages that hold the associated media for February 2016 audio examples.

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    Mix Rescue: Thunderbird

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

    Classic rock: even well-recorded drums can require plenty of work to make them fit the track.

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    Mix Rescue: Thunderbird | Media

    Our Experts Transform Your Tracks

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    Organ Cloner

    Logic Tips & Techniques

    Explore Alchemy’s oscillators, envelopes, modulation mapping and effects to create a classic house organ patch in Logic Pro X.

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    The 10 Biggest Recording Mistakes

    ...And How To Avoid Them

    The same pitfalls present themselves time and again in project-studio recording. Learn to avoid them and your tracking sessions will be transformed!

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    The 10 Biggest Recording Mistakes | Media

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Sound Advice

People

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    CLASSIC TRACKS: The Zombies ‘Time Of The Season’

    Producer: The Zombies • Engineers: Peter Vince, Geoff Emerick

    Now considered one of the classic tracks of the 1960s, the Zombies’ ‘Time Of The Season’ almost disappeared without trace...

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    Cymande Performance

    John Schroeder, Alan Florence & Isi Clarke: Recording A Simple Act Of Faith

    When cult funk band Cymande returned to the studio, they insisted on hiring the same production team — 41 years after their previous album...

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    Nicolas Vernhes

    Nicolas Vernhes: Studio Interview

    Video Feature

    This month, producer and engineer Nicolas Vernhes welcomes us into his Brooklyn studio, Rare Book Room.

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    Paul White

    Soldering On

    Leader

    You’ll find  your studio installation starts to look a whole lot tidier if you’re able to make up cables of the correct length.

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    Sounding Off: Ed Heaton

    Why do independent releases get such little play on BBC Radio?

    The BBC should open its playlists to independent artists.

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    The Mix Review

    Commercial Productions Analysed

    Tracks from Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Sam Smith, Dr. Dre and our Classic Mix, Lionel Richie 'Hello'

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